I like to shop on eBay for vintage treasures to keep and sell. Sometimes the items I receive are awesome and exciting, other times not quite as wonderful as I thought they'd be. But a few days ago I received a box in the mail that thrilled!
It was filled with Christmas cards. Vintage Christmas cards, that is. Most of them from the 30s and 40s - a lovely era for graphics. Most of them in their original envelopes, complete with Christmas seals, very old stamps, and postmarks that read things like, "6:30 p.m. Dec 24 1941," and "Buy U.S. War Bonds; Ask Your Postmaster." Oh - and did I mention that it was filled? As in "to the brim?"
All of the cards were addressed to the Schoulteis family of Cold Spring, Kentucky. Edna, Alma, and Elizabeth - although most of them were for Edna. A handful were sent to Mr. and Mrs. John Schoulteis, and a couple were "in care of" him. Cold Spring is a suburb of Cincinnati. Turns out I'd been near Cold Spring many a time on trips home during college, as it was on the route between Carbondale, Illinois and home - even though home kept changing places back then. . . .
Oh how sweet to get a holiday "hug" in the mail from a friend!